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Africa is for us one of those places that is so large, the 2nd largest continent in the world, that we just can’t even grasp its size and diversity. We have been to a few places in northern Africa and a few in southern Africa and some of the island countries. They are all vastly different from each other  Everything from the landscape, to the climate, people, food, wildlife is different, and of course there is no comparison with the other large continents like Europe or North America.

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We have not explored near enough of this continent and want to do so much more in the future.  For me, growing up in an American family all I really knew about Africa before traveling there was that they had lions and tigers and…giraffes!  Oh my!  From the time that I could express my wishes I’ve wanted to go on safari.  Jim and I finally took the plunge a few years ago and it definitely ranks up there as one of the most amazing and memorable trips that we’ve taken, so we couldn’t wait to do it again.

Please click on some of the links below to find out more about our adventures on this exotic and mysterious continent! Just a note: we have only been to 10 of the 54 countries, so we’ll be continually adding to this list.

The blue and white colors of Sidi bou Said, Tunisia
White stucco villages stand out in the northern African sun of Sidi Bou Said, Tunisia.

Botswana

Botswana is one of my all-time favorite countries. There are so many animals that’s it’s easy to find what you are looking for. A safari in this amazing country is a trip of a lifetime. 

Botswana to me is a picture, a feeling, of the "real" Africa. It wasn't my first step into Southern Africa, but for some reason it really resonated with me. I loved the dry, dusty roads. I loved the women in their colorful dresses and head pieces. I loved eating pumpkin every night for dinner. I just loved Botswana!

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Chobe National Park was our first game drive in Botswana. It was also the first time we were doing it without a guide. Maybe because of this freedom, or maybe because of the sheer numbers of elephants, it may just be might favorite park in all of Africa.

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The Okavango Delta conjures up stories I would read of the Nile. With tall papyrus reeds, low to the water boats, and plenty of hippos, it made my heart pound. What a day we had on the waters of this amazing world heritage wetland.

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Egypt

Egypt was the first country we visited in Africa. We were lucky, because Jim’s sister was living there at the time. She really gave us some local insight and advice. 

Our overview, guide if you will, to Egypt has recommendations, and itinerary, and much more. This should be the first thing you read before planning a trip to this trip of a lifetime.

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This article lays out the "biggies" for you. We tell you our favorites, the must-dos and how to best include it on your itinerary.

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The pyramids are the number one thing to see in Egypt, but what is the experience like?

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The most majestic, adventurous world heritage site I've ever been to, Abu Simbel is a must! Check it out.

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Morocco

Morocco is one of those countries that is very good at marketing itself. Well, why wouldn’t it be? It’s gorgeous with exotic scenes of confusing souks, amazing colorful mosaic tilings, people offering the sweetest tea, Roman ruins, and so much more, you can’t help but want to go there. Let me tell, Morocco does not disappoint. 

Morocco

Marrakesh is the perfect beginning and end to a trip to Morocco. There are many sites, great markets and souks, and lots of amazing restaurants and riads.

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A world heritage phenomenon that happens every single day in Marrakesh, food vendors set up their restaurant carts and serve dinner. It's amazing to watch, and the food is scrumptious.

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Visiting a traditional Berber market was one of the highlights of our Morocco trip. No tour, no tourists, just locals going about their weekly business.

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As we meandered this hilly town, we contemplated the beauty of the hues of blue. Why did they paint their houses this color?

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We had one reason for visiting Fez, the world-famous souk and tanneries. Holding our noses, we thoroughly enjoyed our time. Wow!

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These amazing Roman Ruins in the middle of Morocco left us wanting more. They were extensive, practically devoid of tourists, and we enjoyed the arches, mosaics, and buildings.

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Another world heritage city, linking them to their Portuguese past, El Jadida was the most beautiful place we stopped in all of Morocco.

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Made famous by Game of Thrones, Kasbah Isfoula, is an amazing place in the Atlas Mountains where the buildings are all made of mud. What an adventure!

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Essaouira, Morocco's beautiful coastal city is a must-do. From the road trip in, complete with tree climbing goats, until the sunset over the Pacific, Essaouira was dazzling.

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If you've been to Morocco, or will be going, one thing that is ubiquitous is the tea. We loved it, and we enjoyed our lesson on how to make it.

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The sunsets in Morocco will take your breath away, so here are our top five.

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Madagascar

Mauritius

Namibia

Tunisia

South Africa

Uganda

Zambia

 

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